Friday, 19 December 2014

Product Review: Safa Skincare - Organic and Halaal approved

It's always very exciting when you get the opportunity to try something that is not yet launched.  With my recent focus on nutrition to balance my lifestyle and wellbeing, I never thought beauty products may be something to consider too.

Safa skincare contacted me to ask if I would review their products, so they sent me free of charge samples of their cleansing milk and facial toner.  Safa Skincare is a new and exciting alternative skincare brand that focuses on two key messages: their products come with the approval of being Organic and Halaal.  And with my "Made in Britain" hat on, I was really pleased to see that these products are made in Manchester! 



Over the last couple of months to help control my IBS symptoms, I have had to make sure that the food I eat are gluten and wheat free - I was really surprised when I was reading the back of the bottles that both these products are Gluten and Wheat free products, go figure?! Never did I think I should consider this within my skincare regime.



Cleansing Milk

Safa Cleansing Milk has been specially formulated with organic rosehip oil, sweet almond and calendula extract. I found the milk to be of good consistency, not too runny and you can apply quite easily with your fingers and then remove using a cotton pad.  The smell to me is simply herbal.  I found the product to be refreshing and calming on my face, and very easy to remove before applying the Safa Organic Facial Toner.




Facial Toner

Now I'm not normally a fan of facial toner, I think it's a waist of time, however I did give it a go and found it cooling on the skin.  Safa Organic Facial Toner has been formulated using cucumber, aloe and green tea extracts - designed to lift away the remaining traces of dirt and make-up.  For this product I didn't really think there was a smell at all, it just gave you a feeling of your skin being refreshed.  I quite like it.

Price for both products is £5.99!  Great value and affordable, which is want we want to hear at this time of year! This blog post is a preview as the products are not currently available to purchase, I'll make sure I update you when I know they are.


The packaging is green and white, and the bottles are of a simple design, reinforcing the product to be simple and natural.  Vegan lovers will also be happy in the knowledge that this product is suitable for them too.

You'll see by the image below they plan to offer other products in their range, click here to view more about these.








Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Beat the Winter Blues in a Warm and Stylish Coat



Today's post comes from guest blogger, Catherine Bruce from Style & Coach 



Hundreds of coats are out there in the shops right now and due to a late winter, you should be able to bag a bargain, even after the manic ‘Black Weekend’ buying spree. There are styles, prices and fabrics to suit every shape, age and budget but before grabbing a bargain, answer a few questions:


  • Is it really a ‘bargain’ if the style and colour don’t suit you? It could end up being moth fodder if you don’t feel really good in it. Make sure you know the colours and styles that flatter you before you buy. 
  • Is it an investment piece?  If you’re thinking of spending in excess of £150, you don’t want a catwalk style that will quickly lose its shelf–life. Go for a classic number like the Reiss Sharply tailored coat shown below.
  • When will you wear the coat? For a public transport commute, you need warmth with good arm and leg coverage (but not so long you might trip up the stairs in it) in a practical colour that won’t live at the dry cleaners. If you fancy a light colour, factor in the cost of frequent dry cleaning.
  • Do you need it for getting in and out of the car? If so, consider a shorter length. 
  • Do you want it for every day wear with jeans for walking the dog/ outdoor life and/or watching the kids from the sidelines of the football pitch? Grab a warm quilted and hooded knee length or longer number, with a belt for added wind protection.
  • Is it formal/ occasional wear you’re after? Go for something that packs a punch and makes you look fab on those glam nights out. A bit of cashmere or fake fur will up the stakes. 
  • Are you building a ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ ? Go for an everyday quilted coat, a formal coat and a quality tailored jacket for essential  outdoor wear items. 



My pick for this season:

Reiss Emile Sharply Tailored Coat in Blue Passion
Also available in Lilac and Burgundy
£325


Reiss


  
ASOS - Vero Moda Funnel Neck Coat
£70.00

ASOS



Jigsaw Boucle Knit Coat in Grey
£198.00


Jigsaw



Jaeger 
Fur trim Quilted Coat
£199.00


Jaegar



Mango Funnel Neck Coat and Bargain of the month 40% off at John Lewis- now £34.99 until 17th December 2014.


Mango at John Lewis



To find out more about Catherine Bruce who is a Style and Image Consultant and Life Coach. You can visit her website www.styleandcoach.co.uk





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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Get your Christmas stocking filled with Smythson’s this year!

It’s that time of year again when you need to start thinking about what it is you want for Christmas!

Loved by Lizzi is a huge fan of the Smythson’s brand and on a recent trip to Bicester Village designer outlet, I stopped in to see what they had in store.  After chatting with the sales girls who recommended the Mara collection as it has popular items like travel & passport wallets, it made me think do we give enough thought to how we look whilst we travel to our destinations, as we give A LOT of thought and planning to how we want to look once we get there!

The Mara Collection offers the widest selection of accessories and is made of calf leather with a glossy crocodile print, the Autumn Winter colour palette includes a scrummy berry and a stylish charcoal.

So I'm hoping that this year my Christmas stocking will be filled with lots of goodies from the Mara Collection, here's a few that I'm loving!!



The Mara Collection

  • Top left:  iPhone 5 Cover - £95
  • Top right:  Passport cover with slide - £140
  • Bottom left: Travel Clutch - £445
  • Bottom right: Large jewellery roll with slide - £325


I'd love for you to leave a comment telling me which Smythson's product you would love to receive in your Christmas stocking this year!  Just click on the comments link below.  (For e-mail subscribers click here to view)




Smythson's store at Bicester Village






Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Oh what a night! - The British Fashion Awards 2014

So last night a lot of dreams came true for me!  I got to see on stage some of the most iconic names in the fashion world; Anna Wintour, Victoria Beckham and Suzy Menkes to name a few.

Where was I?  Only The British Fashion Awards for 2014 (BFA)!!

A couple of months ago, I got an e-mail about tickets for concerts etc, and I spotted on there that they were selling tickets to the BFA - my initial reaction was it can't be the real thing, this must be a mock one for the public, like they do for London Fashion Week with London Fashion Weekend.

After a lot of googling, it seemed to be the real deal!  So I got in touch with my fabulous friend Emma and within a few minutes, we had two Silver package tickets booked for the event!.  The awards were being held at the London Coliseum and to be hosted by the wonderful Jack Whitehall!  It transpires that this was the first year they were letting the public in - and I'm so pleased they did, as it was FABUUUUULOUSSSS.

So yesterday morning Emma and I set off for London, bags and long black gowns in tow.  After a long Italian lunch and a quick visit to the hairdressers we got ourselves ready and headed in a black cab to the event. 

Our tickets said we could enter at 6:30pm, it turns our we were not supposed to go in until after 7pm - but thankfully we were there early as we got to see Jack Whitehall and have our photos taken with him!

In just a couple of hours and after 17 awards given, I don't think I have ever seen so many celebrities and fashion people in one place!  Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Victoria & David Beckham, Laura Bailey, Kylie Minogue, Anna Wintour, Suzy Menkes, John Galliano, Cara & Poppy Delevingne, Lewis Hamilton, Rita Ora, Rihanna, Anya Hindmarch, Sarah Burton, Emma Watson, Harry Styles and so many more!

There was also  Kendall Jenner, Lilly Allen, Nicole Scherzinger and Ellie Goulding too, but we didn't spot them!

Here are some pics of the night, you'll see that we had really good seats but with limitations of the iPhone not all photos were great, but it should give you a flavour of what our evening was like!

And finally - what were WE wearing!  Emma's long black gown was by Ariella London and I'm wearing a 70's vintage style black gown by Ossie Clark London.  


Beginning of the night - just leaving the hotel
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Thankfully we got there early - look who we bumped in to! The host Jack Whitehall
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We're in!
Lots of champagne to have and we tried out Label.M products as they were one of the sponsors of the night
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Can you se who it is?!
David & Victoria were just under where we were sitting - also on this table was Anna Wintour (not pictured)
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Now we are truly are in!
Jack Whitehall hosting, the stage and the glamourous Emma (waiting to see Harry Styles!!)
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The awards!
Victoria Beckham, Lewis Hamilton,
Anna Wintour, Kate Moss and Kylie Minogue
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Me.
British Fashion Awards 2014
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WINNERS OF THE BRITISH FASHION AWARDS 2014 


Model of the Year
Cara Delevingne

Brand of the Year 
Victoria Beckham

British Style Award 
Emma Watson

International Designer 
Nicolas Ghesquière

Womenswear Designer of the Year 
Erdem

Menswear Designer of the Year 
J.W. Anderson

Emerging Womenswear Designer 
Marques' Almeida

Emerging Menswear Designer 
Craig Green

Emerging Accessory Designer 
Prism

Red Carpet Designer 
Alexander McQueen

New Establishment 
Simone Rocha

Establishment 
Preen

Accessory Designer of the Year
Anya Hindmarch

Special Recognition
Chris Moore

Outstanding Achievement Award
Anna Wintour OBE

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator 
Edward Enninful

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Tis the season for a Christmas jumper or two!


It's here - Christmas has come knocking yet again!

Over the last couple of Christmas' it's been fairly popular to wear a retro 70's style christmas jumper or to have an animal plastered across your chest wearing a santa hat with snow falling in the background.

Well this Christmas you simply cannot get away from it!!  There are Christmas jumpers EVERYWHERE! You can buy them at cheap and cheerful prices, or you can choose to splash out on something more to your own style choice.

I'm loving how everyone seems to be putting their own twist to their jumper - and that at the end of the day we all having a little fun which is what it's all about at this time of year.  So for Christmas day this year, forget the LBD or the plain blouse & trousers - bag yourself a Christmas jumper for that more fun and relaxed look!  (It will also help with hiding the waistline when you have had to undo the button after lunch! ;) )

I thought it would be fun to get some ladies to join in and show us what Christmas jumpers they own, to give you a few ideas!  So a big huge thanks to all of you for taking part - it's very much appreciated.

So we'll start with Katie Khan (pictured right), who was the first to respond to my request via Twitter! Katie has taken part before on Loved by Lizzi, on Geek Chic Glam about glasses.  Here she is with are BFF Katy Pegg and they purchased their jumpers from @DarkBunnyTees



Followed next by my glamourous mother-in-law Carol, who is wearing a robin (which by the way is a bird that can bring you luck - so if you see one in the garden you should always make a wish!)  I'm going to reveal Carol's secret now… she owns more than one Christmas jumper!  She also looks great when she wears her Mother santa jumper too!



Lucinda (pictured left) responded to one of my requests on Instagram - here she is with a friend looking great on a night out; lots of colour and definitely a lot of Christmas spirit on the designs of those jumpers - simply gorgeous!



Next up are two fabulous women who I get to work with daily!  You've met Kelly (pictured right) before on Loved by Lizzi in one of my interviews.  Here she is with her BFF Torie, these girls are a great laugh and I love the fact that as soon as I mentioned I would love their help - they were more than happy to take part! They got these fab jumpers from Primark.


Here's my dear friend and sister-in-law Sadie - this women simply loves Christmas and really gets into the spirit of it all - in fact just this weekend she's been making 81 mini Christmas cakes and marshmallow snowmen!!  Loving Rudolph and looking wonderful in her jumper that she purchased from Sports Direct.


Now I'm probably going to sound biased, but hey she's my fashionista Niece!  I'm giving Ellie the title of best Christmas outfit for this blog, because she went that extra mile and wore Christmas leggings too! Trendy Ellie got her outfit from Sainsburys.



Next up is my friend Naomi - after having lunch with her yesterday and with hardly any persuasion Naomi was happy to join in with the fun.  Here she is wearing a subtle and very stylish snowy grey jumper, pictured here at her home with her beautiful dog Betty! 


Amie also responded via Instagram - here's a selfie of her Christmas jumper worn this time with a skirt - showing these jumpers are so versatile!  Amie has her own blog too called DimpleBug which you can take a look at here.


And finally it's me!  I'm so in love with penguins since going night-watching for them in Australia you can imagine my joy when John Lewis featured penguins in their Christmas ad this year - the romantic side of me loved that two penguins fell in love.  So when I spotted the kissing penguins jumper by John Lewis Weekend, this was the jumper for me!!



So I hope this post has inspired you to go out and get one - #joininthefun





Wednesday, 26 November 2014

5 minutes for...

Dear readers, 

Today my Loved by Lizzi blog celebrates it's third anniversary and what better way to commemorate this event than to launch a new feature for my blog!

"5 minutes for…" will become a regularly feature on Loved by Lizzi showcasing the latest news on topics of fashion, lifestyle, exhibitions and general well-being, leaving it up to you to decide which ones you want to read when you have a spare 5 minutes.

So why not grab yourself a drink, sit back and read through my very first edition of 5 minutes for…





British Fashion Awards
This Monday I will be attending the British Fashion Awards with my dear friend Emma, at the London Coliseum, which will be hosted by TV presenter and comedian Jack Whitehall!!  Read more about who's nominated, here.







Goop's Clean pre-holiday cleanse
As some of you well know, I'm currently working on a 9-week detox to rebalance my health.  Well Gwyneth Paltrow is also promoting detoxing before Christmas break, so that you'll have less to feel guilty about when over-indulging this holiday season.  Read more about her article here.



Is it death of the cupcake?

I was looking for a surprise & delight item, and what better way to do this than say it with chocolate!  The cupcake has been around now for ten years after being made popular through the Sex and the City show.  So move over cupcakes, it's time for the pops!  Maple Molly's offer a wide range of personalised chocolate favours and gifts, their service is excellent and I love my personalised Loved by Lizzi pops! Click here to visit the site.





Women Power Fashion at Design Museum

For those of you keen on fashion exhibitions, this latest one at the Design Museum offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.  I've not yet been myself, but it will certainly be on my to do list! Exhibition is on from now until the 26 April 2015.  Read more about it here.



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